Alliance Defending Freedom: It’s days away: The Supreme Court’s marriage decision is expected to come down on June 29.
WND: “The government has no business forcing pro-life and faith-based organizations to betray the very values they were created to advance,” Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel Casey Mattox said.
The Daily Caller: “The government has no business forcing pro-life and faith-based organizations to betray the very values they were created to advance,” Casey Mattox, senior counsel for the conservative group Alliance Defending Freedom said in a statement. “D.C. officials had the opportunity to drop these laws, which clearly violate religious freedom and freedom of conscience, but they chose not to.”
The Washington Post: “These bills are serious violations of religious freedoms,” said Casey Mattox, senior counsel with the Alliance Defending Freedom, a conservative Christian legal group. “We are pleased members of Congress are taking them seriously.”
Kevin Theriot and former Atlanta Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran discuss his case with Warren Smith (audio)
The World and Everything In It: Warren Smith interviews former Atlanta Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran and ADF Senior Counsel Kevin Theriot in this segment.
The Global Dispatch: “Planned Parenthood cares more about its abortion profits than it does about the people of El Centro, the majority of whom seem clearly to not want Planned Parenthood here,” said ADF Senior Counsel Michael J. Norton. “Planned Parenthood threatened the members of the board with a lawsuit and misled them into thinking they could loseMedicare and Medicaid funding as a result. That is nearly impossible in light of the abundance of existing abortion facilities in the area. Planned Parenthood simply used its typical bully tactics to get what it wanted.”
NC Register: “You’re not free if your beliefs are confined to your mind,” said Alliance Defending Freedom senior counsel Kevin Theriot. “What makes America unique is our freedom to peacefully live out our beliefs, and the constitution protects that freedom.”
BuzzFeed News: “This poll predictably asks a half-question,” Greg Scott of the Alliance Defending Freedom, a conservative legal and advocacy group, told BuzzFeed News. Such a law would “increase the government’s coercive power” in arenas of free speech and exercise of faith, Scott argued. “If Americans knew their affirmation of the question in this poll would have such disastrous results, the numbers would look much different.”
Religion News Service: Bowman said forcing people to serve clientele planning gay marriages is parallel to “forcing nurses to assist in abortions.”
Standard Newswire: “Young girls and women shouldn’t be sentenced to the horrors of human trafficking and sex slavery,” said Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel Casey Mattox. “Withholding help for these girls and women in desperate need for any reason is tragic, but holding that help hostage because it doesn’t include abortion funding is downright wicked.”
CBN News: “Americans should be free to live and work according to their faith without fear of punishment by the government,” ADF Senior Legal Counsel Matt Bowman said. “In this country, citizens have always had the freedom to believe, the freedom to express those beliefs, and the freedom to operate their businesses in accord with those beliefs.”
APD (translated via Google): The valid in Turkey restrictions on Christian churches are “contrary to European law,” said the deputy director of the Vienna ADF offices, Roger Kiska, in an interview with the News Agency “Zenit”. His organization had no hostile intentions against Turkey, it’m only a matter of Christian churches in the country – “that is so rich in Christian history” – to make life easier.
Kathweb (translated via Google): The valid in Turkey restrictions on Christian churches are “contrary to European law,” said the deputy director of the Vienna ADF offices, Roger Kiska, in an interview with the News Agency “Zenit”. His organization had no hostile intentions against Turkey, it concerned only about the churches in the country – “that is so rich in Christian history” – to make life easier.
Varlden idag (translated via Google): Last week Ellinor Grimmark and Ruth Nordstrom home from a trip to the UN headquarters in Geneva. While the twenty-eighth session of the United Nations Human Rights Council took place, arranged the Swedish lawyer organization Scandinavian Human Rights Lawyers, like Nordstrom leads, together with the organization Alliance Defending Freedom International seminar in the UN building of conscience. At the seminar, the duo Grimmark and Nordstrom on the so-called midwifery case.
Idaho Statesman: The group Abolitionists4Life sued last year in federal court in Boise after protesting university-imposed restrictions that members said violated the group’s free speech rights. The lawsuit was brought by the Alliance Defending Freedom.
The Christian Post: Specifically, the goals of our suit – filed by Alliance Defending Freedom – were: 1) to hold GT accountable for selective enforcement of its speech codes, which resulted in mainstream conservative speech often being considered “hate speech” and “intolerant,” while politically-charged, far-out-of-the-mainstream Leftist speech was considered part of the “intellectual diversity” purportedly valued by the Institute…
Campus Reform: “Universities cannot function as a marketplace of ideas if free speech is limited to less than one percent of campus,” said ADF Legal Counsel Travis Barham. “We commend the University of Georgia for understanding this and revising its speech policy so that students can speak more freely throughout campus without fear of punishment.”
La Ley (translated via Google): In the document submitted with the support of the NGO Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), it argues that the controversial regulation of euthanasia has allowed “prime the personal autonomy of those who have a desire to die on the constitutional responsibility of the State to ensure.
One News Now: “The Iowa Board of Medicine found that because of all of the health risks associated with a medication abortion – they’re even greater than health risks affiliated with surgical abortion – that there should be a doctor physically present to examine that woman before administering those drugs,” Alliance Defending Freedom attorney Michael J. Norton says.
One News Now: “You see, our government was formed to be liberty’s greatest protector, not its greatest threat,” ADF attorney Jim Campbell tells OneNewsNow. “But in this case, the government is coming after our client’s liberty and his ability to make a living.”
One News Now: Jeremy Tedesco of Alliance Defending Freedom says the Lubbock Independent School District will not accept an ad from JesusTatoo.org, which shows a picture of a tattooed Jesus symbolizing the sins and the struggles He bore on the cross for sinners.
Washington Square News: “If marriage is to be an egalitarian institution, then that necessitates a redefinition of parenthood,” Shafer said. “If the law ratifies as normative both adoption and the use of surrogate mothers, by saying they are equal to traditional procreative development, there might come a time when it’s normal for a child to have only a transactional relationship with their biological parents.”
One News Now: Alliance Defending Freedom is representing the pro-lifers and will make a decision on whether or not to appeal.
The State (AP): Michael Norton, senior counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom, a group that submitted documents in support of the board, reiterated those safety concerns outside of the courthouse. “The Iowa Board of Medicine got it right by passing a common-sense regulation,” he said.
Life Site News: ADF Litigation Counsel Elissa Graves said that “Americans, including those who are pro-life, have the freedom to speak with whomever they please on public sidewalks.” Graves also said that ADF may appeal the decision.
First Things: This has been the cause of much celebration, with Mark Rienzi of the Becket Fund and Matt Bowman of the Alliance Defending Freedom both hailing the “GVR” (grant, vacate, remand) order as a sign that the Supreme Court is inclining to side ultimately with Notre Dame in its challenge to the mandate.
One News Now: “Willingness to commit an abortion cannot be a litmus test for employment,” Paul Coleman, an ADF International attorney based in Geneva states. “Medical clinics and hospitals need to respect the desire and conviction of a midwife or nurse to protect life – a desire that led Ellinor Grimmark and others like her to pursue the profession in the first place.”
Providence Journal: “That’s just not acceptable,” said Casey Mattox, senior counsel for the Alliance Defending Freedom, a Christian legal organization based in Arizona. “You have plenty of options on the exchange if you don’t have that conviction. … People should demand more than that.”
The Washington Times (CNA): “Five years into Obamacare, it is now evident that SBA List’s warnings were true. This law is forcing Americans to pay for abortions in numerous ways, and SBA List had a right to say so,” said Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel Casey Mattox. The legal group had filed a friend-of-the-court brief with Susan B. Anthony List.
wPolityce (translated via Google): From the last correspondence we know that the Court began deliberations on this matter, which, we hope, is an indication that it has been treated as a priority because of the serious problems which raises. – Said one of the lawyers Mortier, Robert Clarke of the conservative Alliance Defending Freedom organization.
Cross Rhythms: However Alliance Defending Freedom have said that this legislation likely breaches a European Union directive to which the UK is obligated. To discuss this Heather Bellamy spoke with Robert Clarke, who serves as litigation staff counsel for Alliance Defending Freedom at its office in Vienna, Austria.
The Global Dispatch: “Universities cannot function as a marketplace of ideas if free speech is limited to less than one percent of campus,” said ADF Legal Counsel Travis Barham. “We commend the University of Georgia for understanding this and revising its speech policy so that students can speak more freely throughout campus without fear of punishment.”
Des Moines Register: Michael Norton, a Colorado lawyer representing the Alliance Defending Freedom, is one of several national attorneys who filed “friend of the court” briefs in the Iowa case. Norton’s group opposes abortion, and he filed on behalf of the Iowa Right to Life Committee and several other parties. He plans to travel to Des Moines to hear the arguments.
WND: “The government can’t tell ministers they must perform same-sex marriages under threat of jail time and crippling fines,” said ADF Senior Legal Counsel Jeremy Tedesco.
The Christian Post: “Consistent with the Supreme Court’s 2013 Windsor decision, which said that ‘states have the essential authority to define the marital relation,’ the 6th Circuit rightly concluded that the Constitution does not demand that a new view of marriage be judicially imposed on everyone,” ADF Senior Counsel Austin R. Nimocks said in a statement at the time. “We are hopeful the Supreme Court will uphold the freedom of the people to affirm marriage.”
The Global Dispatch: “Five years into Obamacare, it is now evident that SBA List’s warnings were true. This law is forcing Americans to pay for abortions in numerous ways, and SBA List had a right to say so,” said ADF Senior Counsel Casey Mattox. “If the exposure of that fact was part of what cost Rep. Driehaus hisjob, that’s because his constituents, like most Americans, reject taxpayer-funded abortion.”
TribLive: “Americans, including those who are pro-life, have the freedom to speak with whomever they please on public sidewalks,” said attorney Elissa Graves. “As the U.S. Supreme Court noted just last year, this freedom has been a foundational element in American life since the nation began.”
WFMJ (AP): The Alliance Defending Freedom, which represents the abortion protesters who brought the lawsuit, says in a news release that it’s considering appealing the judge’s decision.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Elissa Graves, an Alliance Defending Freedom lawyer, described the buffer zone as a “censorship zone,” and said her organization is considering an appeal.
National Law Journal: “We’ve heard, as people have debated same-sex marriage, that it should be a live-and-let-live situation,” said the florist’s attorney, Kristen Waggoner, senior counsel in the Scottsdale, Ariz., headquarters of Alliance Defending Freedom. “What we’re seeing, as these laws are being passed, is that it’s about more than that — it’s about marginalizing, shunning and destroying people who have a different belief about marriage and want to live consistent with that belief.”
Red State: The D.C. Council’s nine-month quest to enact two anti-conscience laws appears to be coming to a close. After hearing concerns about violations of the First Amendment and federal law from outgoing Mayor Vincent Gray, the D.C. Attorney General’s office, members of Congress, and dozens of pro-life and religious organizations and schools in the District, the council has apparently rejected those concerns, effectively challenging Congress to intervene.
Breitbart: Austin Nimocks of Alliance Defending Freedom said: “The free market works. With so many corporations free to make this choice, and so doing, why do we need SCOTUS to impose it on everyone? The states, like these corporations, should remain free to choose.”
Life News: “Five years into Obamacare, it is now evident that SBA List’s warnings were true. This law is forcing Americans to pay for abortions in numerous ways, and SBA List had a right to say so,” said ADF Senior Counsel Casey Mattox. “If the exposure of that fact was part of what cost Rep. Driehaus his job, that’s because his constituents, like most Americans, reject taxpayer-funded abortion.”
AJC: The Young Americans for Liberty, represented by the Alliance Defending Freedom, sued UGA last year accusing the university of hindering free speech by restricting demonstrations to just two areas, or less than one percent of its Athens campus. UGA officials disputed the claim, but did revise its policies, which were approved by university officials last month.
Do You Believe: Our friends at Alliance Defending Freedom are stepping up and helping Chief Cochran fight for his rights—and his job. In a great piece on FoxNews.com, Todd Starnes shares his thoughts on this strange new reality in our country.
EWTN News/CNA: “Challenges in Europe are the same as challenges in the US: we deal with intolerance, discrimination against Christians, religious freedom. But in Europe we focus much more on institutions. We work a lot at the European Court for Human Rights – we have 45 cases there, representing more than 70 nations,” Kiska said.
The Wanderer: Waggoner, senior vice president of legal services with Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), said Washington’s attorney general, Bob Ferguson, put pressure on Stutzman, while a judge ruled that she not only provide flowers to celebrate a “same-sex” wedding but also attend the ceremony to furnish “full wedding support,” such as touching up the same-sex couple’s corsages.
New Mexico Political Report: Brandt presented alongside his two selected expert witnesses, Tara Shaver, spokeswoman for the anti-abortion group Protest ABQ, and Melanie Hathorne, an attorney affiliated with the Christian legal organizationAlliance Defending Freedom.
Reason: Folks on both sides had also already filed amicus briefs when these cases were still at the district level. Alliance Defending Freedom, supporters of the one-man-one-woman marriage model, had already filed briefs on behalf similarly minded legislators and activist groups for some of the cases the Supreme Court will be hearing.
Cardinal Newman Society: Casey Mattox, an attorney for Alliance Defending Freedom, which is representing several of the complainants, reportedly stated: “It’s puzzling it’s taking them six months for them to weigh in at all.” Mattox relayed to Examiner that the HHS Office of Civil Rights informed him of its investigation back in December but that an answer or even a possible timeline for a response has still not been given.
The Washington Times: Casey Mattox, senior counsel with the Alliance Defending Freedom, a conservative Christian legal group, said the law would still require organizations to hire employees who don’t embody the groups’ own message. “This would still mean that a pro-life organization in the District would still be required to employ someone who doesn’t agree with the group’s message on abortion,” Mr. Mattox said.
BR Now (Baptist Press): Stutzman was found guilty Feb. 18 in Benton County Superior Court of violating the couple’s U.S. and state civil rights, and was held personally liable for the couple’s damages and attorney fees, putting her at risk of losing her business and personal holdings. Backed by the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), Stutzman is appealing the case, and is prepared to take it to the nation’s highest court.
Charisma News: A Christian florist who refused to provide flowers for a gay wedding has declined a settlement offer that would have saved her home and business.
Religion and Politics: The new proposed amendments to state RFRAs seek to undo the result in Bob Jones, by exempting those who discriminate on religious grounds from the operation of statutes protecting civil rights. Supported by conservative religious groups such as the Beckett Fund and the Alliance Defending Freedom, such laws have become the go-to solution for states that seek to resist what they predict will be the law of marriage nationwide, after the Supreme Court decides the question by the end of its current term, in June 2015.
Baptist Press: Backed by the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), Stutzman is appealing the case, and is prepared to take it to the nation’s highest court.
The Daily Caller: “All of these are part of a larger effort to make sure that religious speech can’t be targeted and censored simply because a government official finds it offensive,” ADF Legal Counsel Matt Sharp told TheDCNF. ”The courts have consistently held that even local principals are required to follow the first amendment in every regard.”
The College Fix: The Alliance Defending Freedom will try to convince the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals at a hearing tomorrow that a Texas school district can’t pick and choose which religious messages it will allow in commercial settings.
Baptist Standard: Cochran’s lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Atlanta by attorneys with the national conservative advocacy group Alliance Defending Freedom, claims Cochran followed proper procedure in notifying his superiors about his plans to write a book on his free time about ideas developed after leading a men’s Bible study at his church.
Life News: Casey Mattox, an attorney with Alliance Defending Freedom, added, ““Forcing a church to be party to elective abortion is one of the utmost-imaginable assaults on our most fundamental American freedoms. California is flagrantly violating the federal law that protects employers from being forced into having abortion in their health insurance plans. No state can blatantly ignore federal law and think that it should continue to receive taxpayer money.”
Renew America: Alliance Defending Freedom Attorney, Kristen Waggoner, said the Attorney General of Washington state had used “the full power of his office to personally and professionally destroy her.” Moreover, Waggoner said gays and lesbians were setting Stutzman up by inundating her business with requests to provide flowers for gay weddings. Waggoner said each time they came into Stutzman’s business she would get tagged with a $2000 fine. Plus, legal fees were expected to run into seven figures.
Journal Scene: “We had one school district who told a teacher she could not play Christian Christmas carols in the classroom during class changes in the school,” he said, adding his team is working with a legal team, Alliance Defending Freedom, the same group that was involved in the Hobby Lobby case, to pass legislation that will allow people to celebrate Christmas in public schools.
Glenn Beck: TheBlaze had a big story yesterday on the Washington state florist who was found guilty of discrimination for refusing service for a same-sex wedding. The florist isn’t backing down, claiming that she would be violating her religious beliefs. Glenn had the story on radio today, and gave his thoughts on whether or not a business could deny a service based on their religious beliefs.
Voa Cantonese (translated via Google): A florist in Washington state for the sake of faith refuse to provide services to same-sex weddings, the other side is the Minister of State to constitute discrimination on the grounds of Justice sued the state court. Some people criticized the government’s approach is to suppress religious freedom of individual citizens, but also the owner was accused in the guise of religious discrimination homosexuals.
Noticia Cristiana (translated by Google): Kristen Waggoner, Alliance Defending Freedom lawyer representing Stutzman said in a statement: “You put your home, the family business, and life savings at risk for daring to defy a government mandate requiring promotion views that you think are wrong. ”
The Global Dispatch: “The people of Missouri – like the people of every state – should be free to affirm marriage as the union of a man and a woman in their laws,” said ADF Senior Legal Counsel Jim Campbell. “As the U.S. Supreme Court concluded in itsWindsor decision last year, marriage law is the business of the states. Federal courts should not reinterpret the Constitution to prevent the states from affirming marriage as it has existed in their states since the time of their founding.”